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Monday, August 3, 2015

Finding the Best Restaurants in Stockholm with the White Guide

Pubologi Baked Skrei Best Restaurants in Stockholm Sweden

Sometimes it can feel like a game of Russian roulette when trying to find good restaurants at which to dine on vacation.  Guidebooks have limited restaurants which sometimes have gone out of business since printing.  Review websites like TripAdvisor, while normally incredibly useful, sometimes fall short when it comes to restaurants, especially when you run a search and find McDonalds listed as the number ten restaurant in the city.  For our trip to Stockholm I found a great resource, the White Guide, for finding the best restaurants in Stockholm. 
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Monday, July 27, 2015

Santa Maria: A Secret Central California Weekend Getaway

Santa Maria All-America City Central California Weekend Getaway

As Southern Californians, we are constantly looking for new California weekend getaway destinations to explore.  We found one of Central California’s secret getaways in Santa Maria.  Santa Maria is probably more popular among visitors coming from other countries than among travelers living in the United States.  This is something that should change because Santa Maria is a quick California getaway with many varied attractions for travelers.  If Santa Maria is known at all, it is known for its wineries, but Santa Maria has so much more to offer including one of California’s best missions, farm-fresh produce, lip-smacking barbeque, hikes with stunning vistas, and quaint museums.

Monday, July 20, 2015

The Best of Athens in One Day

Parthenon Acropolis Golden Hour One Day in Athens

Admittedly one day in Athens isn’t enough to really get to know the city, but oftentimes travelers to Greece spend very little time in Athens before heading out of the city to explore other parts of the mainland or one of the hundreds of islands.  So if you do only have 24 hours in Athens, it is best to have a game plan before heading out so you can see as much as possible in a short time.

Monday, July 13, 2015

Hotel Review: Central California’s Radisson Santa Maria

Radisson Santa Maria

We were recently invited by Club Carlson to stay at one of their hotels, so we chose to enjoy a weekend getaway to Santa Maria in Central California and stay at the Radisson Santa Maria.  When I was researching which property we would visit, I was impressed to find the Radisson Santa Maria was listed number one of 20 hotels in the city on TripAdvisor.  I was also intrigued that some of the prime rooms have runway views. 

Monday, July 6, 2015

Northern Lights: Where to See, How to Photograph

Northern Lights Above the Thorne River

When we told people we were traveling to Sweden in March we were asked, “Isn’t it still cold there?”  The answer was yes, it was cold.  In fact, it was very cold where we were planning on going, because we were heading above the Arctic Circle to Swedish Lapland.  There was a reason we were going to spend four nights in below freezing temperatures—the Northern Lights.  Come hell or high-water, I was going to see and photograph the famous Northern Lights . . . if I was lucky.

Monday, June 29, 2015

Everything You Need to Know About Hiking Samaria Gorge

Wood Walkway Samaria Gorge Hike Crete Greece

If there is one thing you do when visiting the Greek island of Crete, you must hike Samaria Gorge.  There are certain epic hikes throughout the world, and the hike through Samaria Gorge National Park is one of them.  What makes Samaria Gorge epic?  At 16 kilometers, Samaria Gorge is one of the longest gorges in Europe (some sources say the longest, others the second longest), is located in Crete’s only national park, and provides stunning views all day long.

Monday, June 22, 2015

13 Things to Do In Stockholm Sweden

Nybroviken Things to Do in Stockholm Sweden

Most trips to Sweden start with at least a few days in Stockholm.  There are a lot of things to do in Stockholm, so we spent a total of four days in Sweden’s capital city.  These Stockholm attractions can be visited all year long; we enjoyed them in winter.  What we loved about Stockholm was the variety of things to do and see.  Stockholm’s attractions aren’t all art museums or churches, but a great mix of interesting sites.  We have compiled a list of what we felt were the top 13 things to do in Stockholm categorized by neighborhood.